International Fest draws hundreds - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

International Fest draws hundreds

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • 9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    9-year-old raises funds for Flint RiverQuarium

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:30:46 GMT
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
    The Flint RiverQuarium has more funds for feeding its animals thanks to the efforts of one 9-year-old girl.More >>
  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
  • Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:21:02 GMT
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>

October 19, 2005

Albany-Nelli Eldeek watched proudly as her daughter Natalie performed a belly dance.

"It's wonderful for students to know other people's culture," says Nellie Eldeek.

Eldeek is a native of Lebanon. She says the Darton International Festival gives her family a way to enlighten others about their culture.

"The Venetian people first found glass, and this is all hand designing," she says. Their booth was just one of 38 representing nations from around the globe.

"Kenya, from Cambodia, we've got booths from Zimbabwe, from Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom, from Albania, from Japan, from Guatemala, Venezuela, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic and so on," says Sarah Parker President of the Cultural Exchange Club.

From dancing and singing, to short history lessons and native foods, festival-goers were introduced to many cultures they knew little if anything about.

Hiram Perez even gave a brief biology lesson about coqui frogs, tiny amphibians native to Puerto Rico.

"They mean a lot to us. When we go over there it's like home sweet, home," he says.

"It's nice that they can have fun and be educated," says Nazanin Masoodzadeghan.

Masoodzadeghan left Iran four years ago. She's hoping the festival will encourage others to learn more about Middle Eastern cultures.

"I think with all these things going on these days, they're afraid. But I think there's nothing to be afraid of. Iranian people are so sweet and nice. I try to be a good example of a person from Iran," Masoodzadeghan says.

"I'm hoping that everyone will get just a little sample of the world themselves so that they will want to grow and expand and just go out there and just see the world beyond Albany, Georgia," Parker says.

Students were also encouraged to participate in foreign language and study abroad programs. This is the third year Darton has hosted it's International Festival.

feedback: news@walb.com